Yesterday the Amiibo figure line went live on Amazon and since then they’ve been performing extremely well in the best-sellers list. We’ve yet to get a date for the adorable figures, but that hasn’t stopped people pre-ordering them in droves. The Amiibo figures currently retail for $12.99.
After today’s reveal of the full range of Amiibo figures, popular online retailer Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders. There isn’t a specific release date for them yet, but they are available for $12.99 each, which is how much Nintendo specified they would cost today. Will you be purchasing any of the adorable Amiibo figures?
Amazon Japan has officially opened a new digital store for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games. The games on offer range from first-party exclusives to third-party titles, as well as Japanese eShop exclusives. The selection of games can also differ in price, with Amazon Japan reportedly selling some online codes cheaper than those currently in the eShop.
Unfortunately, consumers must input a Japanese address for purchasing and pre-ordering online codes from Amazon Japan. However, given a Nintendo digital store has opened for Japanese consumers, a digital store for Europe and North America may not be too far behind on the retail website.
Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organizations.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”
“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”
Twitch launched in June 2011 to focus exclusively on live video for gamers. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Twitch’s shareholders, Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is in talks to purchase the immensely popular video game streaming service, Twitch. Many expected Google to finalise the deal, but it looks as though that venture has fallen through. The deal is thought to be worth one billion US dollars.
Update: Amazon has confirmed it has acquired Twitch
Although Rayman Origins wasn’t entirely well received on the Nintendo 3DS, it seems as though Ubisoft might be bringing more Rayman titles to the handheld. Amazon Germany have recently listed a Rayman Compilation for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s a very early listing, and there’s no box-art to back it up, but I’m sure Nintendo 3DS owners wouldn’t grumble at a re-release of previous Rayman games.
Amazon.com has recently listed the Super Smash Bros bundle for the Wii U and it’s currently available for pre-order. The bundle will set you back $99.99 once it’s released and includes the Super Smash Brothers Game for the Wii U, GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U, and Super Smash Brothers Edition of the GameCube Controller. Remember the money won’t be taken from your account until the item ships. So if you’re thinking about pre-ordering, take the plunge.